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A stunning pair of female dancers twirling scarves over their heads in the timeless Art Nouveau style. These figures are extremely lifelike and the craftsmanship and attention to detail are absolutely fantastic. These pieces are a recast of famous originals entitled The Play of the Scarf and bear the replica signature of the renowned Agathon Leonard. Total weight 13 kg Height 45 cm Width 25 cm Depth 16 cm Agathon L?onard or L?onard Agathon van Weydevelt (1841 Lille - 1923 Paris), was a French Art Nouveau sculptor. Belgian by birth, L?onard moved to Paris when quite young and studied sculpture at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris under Eug?ne Delaplanche. He became a member of the Soci?t? des Artistes Fran?ais in 1887 and a member of the Soci?t? Nationale des Beaux-Arts in 1897. He regularly exhibited across France, and was made a chevalier of the L?gion d'Honneur in 1900. Some of his best-known works are studies of dancers, such as La Cothurne (Tragic Pose from Le Jeu d'escharpe), modeled in 1895 and cast in 1900. The Play of the Scarf, executed in a characteristic fin-de-si?cle manner and rendered in gilt, showed a dancer in a flowing gown with a billowing scarf held above her head. This piece was produced in 1897, was inspired by the renowned dancer, Lois Fuller and was displayed as a table centerpiece at the 1900 World's Fair at the Pavillon de S?vres in Paris. Bronze casting of L?onard's work was carried out by the Susse Fr?res Editeurs foundry. Besides bronze, he also produced works in marble and quartz. His bas-relief of St. Cecilia is to be found in the Abbeville Museum and the Nantes Museum houses a bust titled The Plunderer of Shipwrecks. L?onard also produced Art Nouveau medallions, statuettes and pottery. Sometimes called by the French name of 'cire perdue' or the Latin, 'cera perduta' is the process by which a bronze or brass is cast from an artist's sculpture. In industrial uses, the modern process is called investment casting. An ancient practice, the process today varies from foundry to foundry, but the steps which are usually used in casting small bronze sculptures in a modern bronze foundry are generally quite standardised.
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